ATP Backhand Comparison – Stan Wawrinka vs. Grigor Dimitrov


Jorge Capestany breaks down some commonalities between the one-handed backhands of Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov.

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  1. Christopher Wertz
    July 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm · Reply

    What I would be more interested in is the type of shot they are producing. Cross court for both I would think, as apposed to down the line… they open up chest facing the net on follow through even on down the line shots?? I think it may be good to recognize this is “a” type of backhand……or am I wrong in this thought process???

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm · Reply

      I have found that they still open up the chest quite a bit even when they are hitting down the line.

  2. Steve
    July 4, 2017 at 2:37 pm · Reply

    Very interesting, especially the motorbike wrist ( which I wasnt doing ) Im just not sure if the wrist straightens at contact or stays pronated.

  3. Dee
    June 30, 2017 at 5:12 am · Reply

    Thanks coach !

  4. John Hershey
    June 29, 2017 at 12:24 am · Reply

    Excellent Jorge…keep them coming. Tks

  5. Frank Sacks
    June 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Thank you very much for posting this video. It is difficult to draw major conclusions from one stroke. It appears that the contact point for both Wawrinka and Dimitrov is just slightly in front of their front foot which is contrary to 12 inches or more I had suspected and have been teaching. I cannot determine from the video if their stance is closed, square, or even semi-open, but it is certainly not open as we tend to often see on the forehand side. Dimitrov’s stance appears to be slightly closed while Wawrinka seems to be closer to semi-open, but I am not certain due to the angle of the video. Wawrinka’s grip appears to be a bit more pronounced further over toward Eastern Backhand than Dimitrov’s. Dimitrov’s seems to be able to keep his left hand back toward the back fence a bit longer than Wawrinka. Dimitrov appears to throw his body weight forward more than Wawrinka. I agree that on most accounts there are many similarities in their backhands. I would also add a mention regarding each player’s vertical contact point and long extended hitting zone which I feel is crucial for success on all ground strokes. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. Best regards,

    Frank Sacks

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 29, 2017 at 1:09 am · Reply

      Thanks Frank

  6. Name (required)
    June 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm · Reply

    I see a lot of my teachers and coworkers want the raquet way too low on their explanation of droping it under the ball.
    I am a former touring pro and I know that’s the way just like you showed us, generates speed ,spin or depth thru the ball and not with a steep up swing.

  7. Ross
    June 28, 2017 at 7:07 pm · Reply

    very nice . comments and video to support technique. Thanks

  8. Keith Maki
    June 28, 2017 at 6:57 pm · Reply


    This was very helpful to me. Particularly the importance of the coil and hitting thru the ball. It also reminded me how important keeping your eye on the ball through contact is. I frequently catch myself looking across the net at the last second before contact. Thank you! We are all better players because of your insightful lessons!

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm · Reply

      Thanks Keith

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